May 8, 2019

“ Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. ” Psalm 46:10 NIV

From the moment we wake up till we lay down we are inundated with the pressures of life. This world we live in demands much from us and calls for our time and attention. Life can be distracting and overwhelming at times. Whether we are managing physical pain, regulating the drama of relationships, or carrying the weight of our finances; it is easy to become so distracted from the still small voice of His peace and perspective. It is in the stillness of the hour that we become tuned into His heartbeat. It is in the cleft of the rock we discover His thoughts and gain perspective on the universe around us.

Jesus told His followers that He came that they may have life and that life more abundantly (John 10:10). He tells us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). These words stand in great contrast to the world we live in, as we wade in the current of more and not enough. Often, we become so caught up in the noise of life we miss His calling and direction.

There comes a time where we need to simply STOP, LISTEN, and WAIT on Him. The Hebrews have a word for this “Sabbot” or Sabbath! In a culture where we tend to fill every free moment and every day off with something and everything. Is it possible many have replaced His presence of peace with medication and His perspective of joy with position and possessions?

Nothing in this world can replace the wonder and splendor of Him in our lives. All the bling of this world cannot surpass the radiance of His presence. Unless we purpose to tune out the resounding loud noise of this world, we cannot hear His still small voice of wisdom, reason and concern. He is continually speaking into our lives, the question is -are we are listening.

He speaks words that strengthen, encourage and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3). Jesus is calling us, drawing us and beckoning us toward Him with words of life and healing balm of understanding. He wants to lead us to good pasture and make us fruitful for Him in every way. Sabbot is really trusting Him with the stuff of life as we shut out the world and just lean on Him.

I challenge you to take time this week, whether a day or a set time each day where you turn off your electronics and shut out the world and simply draw near to Him in Word and Prayer. Wait on Him, watch in reflection to what He has done in your life and listen for His still small voice. Write down what he reveals in His word and don’t leave until you encounter a breakthrough. When you leave, walk out in obedience to His direction in your life. Witness the radiance of His glory in you as others see Him in you.

Have a great week, God Bless!

Pastor Eric